Monday, January 23, 2012

Boston Marathon Training!

It has been 2 weeks since this...


For the first time since beginning marathon running, I rested after my marathon.  I took two weeks off.  I ran, but not a lot.  I cross-trained, but if I wanted to sleep, I did.  Yes, this was a mental challenge to me. I know many people that are pretty deep into their marathon training programs and I had to step back from mine.  I knew I wouldn't lose fitness by taking two weeks off, but I really wanted to ignore that fact.

I chose this route because I wanted to avoid injury.  I can't afford to go into training for the biggest race of my life with a bad hip or sore legs.  An update on my body:  I feel great.  My hip has twinges in it, but nothing more than I did before Disney.  My calves and feet feel great.  I let myself eat what I wanted to these past few weeks. I was so ready to get back into marathon mode with everything today.  And I did.

Today was a cross-training day.  I woke up this morning and was excited to put on my workout clothes.  (Note:  I hate the elliptical.)  After I dropped my daughter off at school, I did the elliptical for an hour and then did my strength training.  During my recovery I really focused hard on establishing my strength training routine and I am glad I did.  The workout is pretty long and has a lot of exercises that my PT gave me.  It takes a long time to complete all of the exercises, and I think practicing it with no expectations helped me make it a routine.  Based on the progress I have seen within the exercises, I know that I am getting stronger.  I am excited to see the progress translate on the road this spring.

Tomorrow, the running begins and I can return to my favorite site, DailyMile, and share with you my workouts again.  The following are my goals for this training cycle:
  1. Wake up for my runs in the morning if I don't have daycare to watch my kids.  I don't want to put off my workouts until the evening because with school starting, I am going to be exhausted at night.
  2. Focus more on the McMillan training paces for my runs.  My current 5k pace is much faster than what I can run the marathon based on the calculator.  This means, I don't have the endurance to reach my potential.  This cycle, I will run his recommended paces and hope that with the mileage, I can increase my endurance in the next 12 weeks.
  3. Strength train 3-4 times a week.  This is so important if I want to keep my hip healing correctly.  I am hoping this also helps with the Newton hills.  :)
  4. Run outside as much as possible.  This is going to be so hard with winter, but I want as much road experience as possible.  I usually run the Vermont City Marathon every May, coming off winter training.  The past two years at Vermont were not pretty and I am going to have to attribute some of it to all my treadmill runs.  I love the treadmill for speed training but my legs need to run on the road for long runs, and I am going to have to bite the bullet and get out there and run when it is cold.  I put in a big order at Brooks this past week so am hoping once my new gear arrives, I will be a much happier winter runner. 
  5. Focus!  I usually don't have a hard time focusing when I have a training program in front of me, but I need to focus on my end goal and that is a fun, successful Boston Marathon.  I will probably limit my extra races this training cycle and trust that my training plan will get me to the finish line if I follow it the way it is written. 
Back to running!  I am so happy and so excited.  I have been waiting for this training cycle to begin since last January when I saw that 3:37 on the clock.  I can't believe it is finally here and I can say:  I am training for the Boston Marathon!

What are your goals for your current training cycle?  Does winter running scare you as much as it does me?

12 comments:

taraburner said...

congrats on training for Boston Marathon!
I dont have "winter" in South Florida :)

Michelle D said...

How exciting to be starting Boston training! I like your dedication to strength training - I'm still trying to find time to fit more in. Good luck with your plan!

Misszippy said...

I think you took the biggest, smartest step by allowing yourself some downtime between marathons. Each and every time I have been injured, it has been due to not taking enough time down between marathons. And yes, you will be happy in Newton if you get out on the hills now!

See you in Hopkinton!

L J said...

Sounds like a great plan! I consider my long run yesterday as my kick-off to my own Boston training, so I'm with ya in spirit :)

Laura said...

I'm so excited for you! And good work resting up... it's always nice to back off a bit and come back excited and motivated to train hard! I hate hate hate winter running, but got out of it for two years now that we're in Tx, so I'm trying to really appreciate the nice weather right now!

Enduranceisntonlyphysical said...

exciting!

Stephanie said...

Winter running can not scare you. u need to be the strong one and get us through these runs. chatting will help if we can hear each other through the masks haha. fun times. how many miles this weekend miss?

Amy said...

Yea! "I'm training for the Boston Marathon!" Doesn't that feel awesome to say? I'm super excited for you and can't wait to follow you on your training journey.
PS - I wore my disney socks last night ;)

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

Great job doing what is best for your body!

runningforthekitchen said...

happy boston training!!!! way to go taking that break, your body will thank you.

by the way....YOURE TRAINING FOR BOSTON!!!!

Suzanne Westenhofer said...

Good luck with your training! It takes a lot to take time off like you did. A lot of people aren't that smart.

tryn2bfit said...

Yay I cannot wait till you kick ass at Boston!!!!!!!!!!! And hopefully we get to do some long training outside runs together :) I have gotten used to the winter runs and do not fear them as much anymore